Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Road Safety goal missed - let's pass new Road Traffic Act

Dr Lucien Jones CD, Vice-Chair and Convenor of the National Road Safety Council of Jamaica
Action needed re Road Traffic Act - excerpt from Observer column by Jean Lowrie-Chin
Bouyed by finally reaching their target of 'Below 300' road fatalities last year, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) had revised their target to 'Below 240' for 2013. Sadly, they missed their goal, as Jamaica passed the 240 road fatality mark last Wednesday. NRSC Convenor Dr Lucien Jones is hoping that the new Road Traffic Act will be passed soon, as this will carry tougher penalties for delinquent motorists.
"The new Road Traffic Act has been in the making for nine years now and we need its passage as soon as possible," he said. "I understand that the completed Bill was sent by the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, and has been forwarded to Cabinet. There is absolutely no time for delay, and I am urging parliamentarians to act expeditiously in passing the Bill once it comes before them." All Jamaica should join Dr Jones' urgent call.

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